Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Ryo Suetomi and Eikoh Trading Inc
Date First Reported: August 2015
Primary Name Associated: Ryo Suetomi
Description of Potential Fraud:
Three firms in Ontario and the U.S. have notified us that they received an email from the purported Ryo Suetomi of Eikoh Trading Inc looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.
This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud).
See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the initial contact email sent to the lawyer:
From: Ryo Suetomi [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Sunday, April 19, 2015 3:12 PM
We need your legal assistance in a purchase transaction and agreements. A referral will be welcome. Please advise
Replying to the email brought this response:
Thank you very much for your response. I’d like a telephone conversation but here is the follow up email in regards to my request.
Do find attached to this email the Dredger information and the Term Sheet between us for your review. I want to know your hourly rate for preparing a purchase agreement, I have attached some necessary details of my Dredger for your review please advise me on your rate, initial retainer fee and forward me your retainer agreement. If you have any question, Do give our office a call.
Eikoh Trading Inc
EAST 21, Shinmachi 5-12,
Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221-0043,Japan
TEL: 81 3-4589-5812
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